High School: New Visions for Public Schools: Evolution of Sick Humans

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About New Visions for Public Schools

For over three decades, New Visions for Public Schools has been a driving force for improvement to New York City’s public education system. Founded in 1989, our mission is to ensure that all New York City public school students, regardless of race or economic class, have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for the rigors of college and the workforce. New Visions developed the course map for a High School Biology course designed for the NGSS, and this third unit of the course, in partnership with New York City public school teachers and other collaborators. Learn more about curriculum co-design partners here

Score: 7

Science Discipline: Life Science

Length: Unit

Year Reviewed: 2022

For the vast majority of human history, humans lived in small, primarily nomadic groups of hunter-gatherers. Human physiology and behavior is well adapted to our prehistoric lifestyle. Since the agricultural and industrial revolutions, humans have manipulated their environments, resulting in rapid changes in society. This rapid change has contributed to many of the chronic health concerns modern people face. In this unit, students will explore the possible ‘mismatch’ between human bodies and modern environments by investigating phenomena at the protein level. Students engage with a design challenge to redesign their school environment to ameliorate mismatches between our bodies and the environment so that all students have a healthy and safe school building.

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The following link will direct you to the New Visions Evolution of Sick Humans Unit: Evolution of Sick Humans

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